“Microbes almost killed all life on Earth” — 252 million years ago. These miniscule particles are everywhere and as the Permian Mass Extinction shows, they can also have a devastating effect on other life forms. The Amoeba in the Room: Lives of the Microbes takes an in-depth look at these tiny organisms, from the standing water of ponds to the viruses lining our stomach walls. Nicholas P. Money argues that the long-overlooked, understudied microbial world is the most important facet of all life on earth. In an attempt to share the magnificence of the “invisible rulers of our planet,” Money advocates restructuring biology education and changing the way scientists think about the “unseen microscopic majority.” Money is Professor of Botany at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and the author of four books, including The Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycologists.
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